DJ Kool Herc

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Clive Campbell (born April 16, 1955), better known by his stage name DJ Kool Herc, is a Jamaican-American DJ who is credited for originating hip hop music in the Bronx, New York City, in the 1970s through his "Back to School Jam", hosted on August 11, 1973, at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue. After his younger sister, Cindy Campbell, became inspired to earn extra cash for back-to-school clothes, she decided to have her older brother, then 18 years old, play music for the neighborhood in their apartment building. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of DJ Kool Herc has received more than 1,430,851 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 21 in 2019). DJ Kool Herc is the 879th most popular musician (down from 835th in 2019), the 19th most popular biography from Jamaica (up from 20th in 2019) and the 5th most popular Jamaican Musician.

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  • 22

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  • 4.76

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  • 2.82

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Among musicians, DJ Kool Herc ranks 879 out of 2,675Before him are Bucky Pizzarelli, Art Farmer, Rob Zombie, Ted Nugent, Mike Mangini, and Sylvester Levay. After him are Mick Fleetwood, Bismillah Khan, Sammy Hagar, Rick James, Theo Jörgensmann, and Max Cavalera.

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Among people born in 1955, DJ Kool Herc ranks 158Before him are Steve Jones, Yasmina Khadra, Herbert Prohaska, Jimmy Smits, Anneli Jäätteenmäki, and Joaquín Caparrós. After him are Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Paul Romer, Vladimir Sorokin, Wang Yang, Simon Yam, and Glenn Danzig.

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In Jamaica

Among people born in Jamaica, DJ Kool Herc ranks 19 out of 147Before him are Trevor Berbick (1954), Liz Mitchell (1952), Desmond Dekker (1941), Martine Beswick (1941), Stephen Hopkins (1958), and Merlene Ottey (1960). After him are Max Romeo (1944), Sean Paul (1973), Prince Buster (1938), Mary Seacole (1805), Burning Spear (1945), and Madge Sinclair (1938).

Among MUSICIANS In Jamaica

Among musicians born in Jamaica, DJ Kool Herc ranks 5Before him are Bob Marley (1945), Peter Tosh (1944), Lee "Scratch" Perry (1936), and Desmond Dekker (1941). After him are Sean Paul (1973), Prince Buster (1938), King Tubby (1941), Horace Andy (1951), Monty Alexander (1944), Ziggy Marley (1968), and Damian Marley (1978).